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Collective Agreements

For faculty, librarians and archivists


For faculty, librarians and archivists

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) is a union representing about 1,500 faculty members and 50 librarians and archivists at the University of Western Ontario in London.

UWOFA negotiates collective agreements, advises members on employment matters, handles workplace disputes and grievances, and advances the professional interests of faculty members, academic librarians and archivists.

In the broader community, UWOFA representatives meet with provincial and federal politicians to ensure members' voices are heard and reflected in education and labour policy decisions. As well, UWOFA strives to engage members and citizens through awareness campaigns regarding post-secondary education during general membership meetings, community events, contact with journalists, and town hall discussions.


Determining if you are a Member of UWOFA

Part-time Faculty Members: According to the Collective Agreement, if you are a part-time faculty member who has taught at least a half university course in two of the last three fiscal years, you are a Member of UWOFA. Individuals with Preferred Status are described in the Collective Agreement as those part-time faculty members who qualify as UWOFA Members but who are not currently teaching.

Full-time Faculty Members, Librarians and Archivists: If you have a full-time academic appointment, or are a librarian or archivist, you are a Member of UWOFA.

Read more about UWOFA membership status here, including exceptions for each appointment type.

David Heap receives United Way Labour Appreciation Award for commitment to social justice

David Heap, an associate professor in French Studies and longtime UWOFA member, is a 2019 recipient of the United Way Elgin Middlesex Labour Appreciation Award. He and his fellow recipients received their awards at a ceremony held in London on Thursday, Jan. 10.

Brescia Faculty Association consolidation approved in nick of time

Congratulations are in order for the Brescia Faculty Association (BFA). The BFA managed to organize Brescia contract faculty and get them consolidated into the main bargaining unit just two days before Bill 47 passed. Introduced by Doug Ford's Progressive Conservatives, Bill 47 wiped consolidation language from the Ontario Labour Relations Act.

Call for nominations - The Allan Heinicke Memorial Service Award

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) is pleased to present this call for nominations for the Allan Heinicke Memorial Service Award. The Allan Heinicke Memorial Service Award was established in honour of the late Allan Heinicke, former Chair and President of UWOFA and latterly financial, technical and policy analyst. This award was instituted to honour and to recognize outstanding service and achievement in financial, technical, or policy development and/or analysis supporting the aims of UWOFA.

New Faculty Collective Agreement achieves important gains for contract faculty, employment equity

The new Faculty Collective Agreement achieved important gains for members, particularly